Kenya’s civil societies urge electoral credibility
As confusion persists over the procurement of electronic voter registration system for Kenya's general elections scheduled for March 2013, several organizations have urged Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) to revert to manual voter registration.
On Monday, IEBC cancelled and soon after reinstated the procurement for Biometric Voter Registration kits following a row in the tendering process. IEBC Chief Executive Officer James Oswago had announced the cancelation but was overruled the commission’s Procurement Manager Bernard Nyachio.
This follows a controversy that emerged after the IEBC failed to award the tender for the Biometric Voter Registration kits . The row over the purchase of 9,750 Biometric Voter Registration kits has sent fresh fears of delays in the electoral process, with IEBC bosses admitting registration of voters, which was to take off mid-next month will now be pushed to early September due to the delay in acquisition of the kit.